Scientists surveying and studying a collection of 35 meteorites that landed in Morocco last year, say that a mysterious green rock dubbed NWA 7325 is likely from Mercury, according to reports. The green meteorite is under examination by a group of scientists at the University of Washington. The findings were presented during the 44th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. Learn more about this meteorite from ESS’ Anthony Irving, in this article from Counsel & Heal.
A photograph taken by NASA’s Mars-rover ‘Curiosity’ last week caused a stir among the scientific elite. On an image published on NASA’s official website, a shiny, metallic-looking artefact can be seen that bears a passing resemblance to a hood ornament or a door knob. ESS‘ Ronald Sletten, from the Mars Science Laboratory team, is mentioned; read more here!
images from the Curiosity rover showed what looked like a piece of shiny metal sticking out from a rock. Some of our readers suggested that it might be a handle or knob of some kind. It’s a knob, yes, says ESS‘ Ronald Sletten from the Mars Science Laboratory team, but a completely natural formation. Sletten, from the University of Washington, explained that, not surprisingly, it is actually a part of the rock that is different — harder and more resistant to erosion — than the rest of the rock it’s embedded in. Read more here!
A Moroccan meteorite found in 2012 may be from the planet Mercury. ESS‘ Anthony Irving is mentioned; read more here!
Physicists at University of Washington have devised a new experiment to test if the universe is a computer. Um… what? You read that correctly. A philosophical thought experiment has long held that it is more likely than not that we’re living inside a machine. But how can we test that? Read more here!
If a space alien landed on our planet, what are the odds that s/he could breathe our atmosphere? High, according to scientists. Read about why they think that; ATMO‘s David Catling is quoted.
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Satellites are extremely important to the way we live today. And yet the real estate for satellites in the orbit around Earth is literally littered with expired technology. Now, ESS professor and Chair, Robert Winglee, has developed new technology that could clean up Earth’s orbit: a magetized ion plasma system. Sounds pretty cool, right? Read more here.